Milwaukee Bucks vs Chicago Bulls: Injury Updates, Expected Lineups, and Game Prediction

Published 01/01/2021, 4:30 PM EST
Dec 23, 2020; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) attempts a basket against the Boston Celtics during the first half at the TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brian Fluharty-USA TODAY Sports


The Milwaukee Bucks have won only two of their first five games. This surely isn’t the start that they would have anticipated. The Bucks will try to pick up the pace in the upcoming games and cement themselves as the top of Eastern Conference.

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The Bulls, meanwhile, finally won a match after a dismal start to their campaign. With two consecutive wins, they have the same record as of the Bucks.

The Bucks face the Bulls at 8 PM EST. Let’s take a look at the injury updates and predictions for the same.

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Chicago Bulls injury updates and lineup prediction

The Chicago Bulls had a disappointing start to their season with three consecutive losses, but redeemed themselves with two consecutive wins against the Wizards.

The Bulls will look to build on this winning form but face a stern task ahead as they face an Eastern Conference juggernaut in the Milwaukee Bucks.

Dec 23, 2020; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Chicago Bulls forward Daniel Gafford (12) blocks the shot of Atlanta Hawks guard Brandon Goodwin (0) during the second half at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: Mike Dinovo-USA TODAY Sports

The Bulls have some injury concerns ahead of their next game. Forward Lauri Markkanen will miss the game due to health and safety protocol of the NBA.

Other notable injuries to the roster are Tomas Satoransky, Ryan Arcidiacono, and Chandler Hutchinson will also miss the game due to the health and safety protocol of the NBA.

Possible Lineup

Zach LaVine (G)

Cody White (G)

Patrick Williams (F)

Otto Porter Jr. (F)

Wendell Carter, Jr. (C) 

Milwaukee Bucks injury updates and lineup prediction

The Milwaukee Bucks couldn’t replicate their impressive win against the Miami Heat and lost their second game against the same opposition. This loss took their record to 2 wins and three losses.

The Bucks’ talisman Giannis Antetokounmpo hasn’t been consistent. He has shown flashes of what he is known for and might take some time to be back at his best.

Dec 29, 2020; Miami, Florida, USA; Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) attempts to shoot the ball against the Miami Heat during the first half at American Airlines Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

Meanwhile, Jrue Holiday is also adjusting to this new Bucks’ system. The Bucks might have the best team chemistry right now, but they are still a quality team.

Their only injury concern at the moment is that of forward Torrey Craig, who is reported to be out because of a nasal fracture. He is set to be out for at least 2-3 weeks.

Possible Lineup

Donte DiVincenzo (G)

Jrue Holiday (G)

Giannis Antetokounmpo (F)

Khris Middleton (F)

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Brook Lopez (C) 

Predictions

The Milwaukee Bucks are in full strength and will look to reach the peak of their powers sooner than later. They have a great chance to gain some momentum against a team like Bulls. It will be a tremendous challenge for the Bulls, though. But given that they are have won two games in a row, they might surprise many.

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Our prediction, the Bucks beat the Bulls.

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Aditya Mohapatra

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Aditya Mohapatra is a sports enthusiast who primarily covers the NBA for EssentiallySports. Having graduated in Mass Communication, he has prior experience in writing for ABP News, and has been writing for EssentiallySports since November 2020. This die-hard Los Angeles Lakers fan feels that LeBron James is the best thing to have ever happened to the NBA, and will hold a healthy debate with anyone suggesting otherwise.

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